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Assistant Professor of Teaching (Tenure-Track) Wood Products Design and Manufacturing

University of British Columbia

The Department of Wood Science (Faculty of Forestry) at the University of British Columbia is accepting applications for an Assistant Professor of Teaching position in the area of Wood Products Design and Manufacturing. This is a tenure-track position in the UBC educational leadership stream. Applicants must have demonstrated clear potential to achieve excellence in teaching and leadership in the areas of wood products design, advanced manufacturing, and product development.

The successful candidate will hold a Master’s or a Ph.D. degree in Design, Wood Science, or a closely-related discipline. Wood product industry experience will be an asset. Candidates with a Bachelor’s degree and extensive commercial experience will also be considered. The successful candidate should demonstrate evidence of strong ability and commitment to teaching, and promise of educational leadership.

The Assistant Professor of Teaching will engage in undergraduate teaching and industry extension working closely with the Department of Wood Science and its Centre for Advanced Wood Processing (CAWP). The individual will also be expected to teach and engage in transfer programs with partner universities in China (e.g., Beijing Forestry University, Nanjing Forestry University and South China Agriculture University).

Preference for the position will be given to candidates in the following fields, but the search committee will consider visionary and innovative candidates who show extraordinary promise or accomplishments in other areas of wood products design, development and advanced manufacturing:
• Industrial design for secondary wood products
• Product development (furniture, architectural millwork)
• Feasibility and optimization of secondary wood products and production
• Manufacture of secondary wood products and building components
• Machine technology for solid wood and composites
• CAD/CAM and/or machine learning for advanced wood processing machinery

As part of the industrial extension work with the Centre for Advanced Wood Processing, the successful candidate will also:
• Engage in workshops and hands-on training
• Teach in industry certificate and extension courses for domestic and international students
• Engage in extension projects (product development, prototyping, testing and process improvement)

The Department of Wood Science currently includes 20 faculty members working across a range of disciplines. The Department runs the BSc (Wood Products Processing) program – the largest such program in North America – which fosters direct contacts with industry stakeholders through a vibrant co-op program. CAWP through its extension and applied research programs offers extensive links with Canadian wood products manufacturers and opportunities to work with existing and emerging companies and organizations. A new BSc program in Forest Bio-economy Sciences and Technology (BEST) will be launched in September 2020.

The Faculty of Forestry, one of the largest such faculties in the world, includes 80 faculty members and provides opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration with world-class researchers. The Faculty of Forestry offers a range of traditional research degrees and a growing suite of course-based masters programs which attracts students from around the world.

Your application package should include a cover letter, Curriculum Vitae, a statement of teaching interests and accomplishments relevant to the position, and the names of three referees. Please also indicate in your application whether or not you are a Canadian or Permanent Resident of Canada.

Please email your complete application in one PDF file to

The deadline for applications is August 17, 2020.

Questions about the position should be directed to: Dr. Simon Ellis, Chair of Search Committee (

For information on the Wood Science Department and the Faculty of Forestry, see and

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.